22.01.2023 Vocal Point

Dear All

I think we are all still on a high from the excitement on Tuesday .

Well this Tuesday should be as exciting with David Jellie on at 7pm , with the effects of lighting and lighting techniques . Light being the key factor in our photography this should prove to be very interesting and informative.

The main event is the 3rd print competition judged by Paddy Ruske .

I hope we have another good attendance in the Hall and I look forward to seeing some excellent images .

See you all there ,

Ele 

08.01.2023 Vocal Point

With such a great start to the year with the Party on Tuesday we can be looking forward to all that is in store at the club.

This Tuesday we have a double bill of Tony Gervis , the early class will be looking at projects and finding pictures in everyday places . Something Tony excels at . 

The main event is a talk from his travels , if previous presentations are anything to go by we will be entertained in many ways with images and stories of his travels . I am certainly looking forward to it .

The print competition is open so please look at entering your Colour or Nature images .

Wednesday night is an evening at Smethwick -from Colin’s email  Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography on Wednesday January 11th -doors open 7pm with time to view 250 prints before 8pm projected mono, colour acceptances and Nature Awards.

See Exhibition Dates and Tickets – Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography for details. The exhibition opens the first full w/e in January and tickets purchased in advance recommended for w/e visit.. Our Wednesday visit will be ok for pay at the door.

Venue is minutes from J2 of M5 – The Old Schoolhouse, Churchbridge, Oldbury B69 2AS (historically they met in Smethwick and kept the name when moving to current excellent facilities which they own).

We have had some interesting information sent through from David about looking at why you have taken the image and whether it is conveys your expectations . An interesting read for sure .

See you all on Tuesday 

Ele 

02.01.2023 Vocal Point

A very Happy New Year to you all. 

Let’s hope this year brings us each health, happiness and nice comments from the judge . 

We have an exciting programme lined up to take us through to May. 

We kick off with the NewYearsParty on Tuesday 7.30pm for those already booked. 

Seated at tables of 4 and 5 you will be served food by Sheila and her catering team, followed by a quiz with our own quizmasters Beks and her dad Mike. 

A huge thank you to all of you who have helped with club activities throughout the year . There are many members who are not on Committee but are there for me setting up ,putting away etc . You know who you are . Thank you to each of you .

The Committee work very hard behind the scenes and I would to thank them for their support last year. 

As a club we  all pull together and hope we can grow this through 2023.

I look forward to celebrating the new year of BPS with you on Tuesday 

Ele 

25.12.2022 Vocal Point

I think we all lose track of days this time of year , just realised its Sunday !

So before I walk the dogs I thought I would send this weeks vocal point .No meeting on Tuesday ,to give you time to plan your outfit for the New Year Party .

It kicks off at 7.30 pm on 3rd January , food and then quiz and raffle , a good chance to catch up with everyone ,and kick off another year of photographic enjoyment. 

If there is anything you would like us to try to cover in practical sessions , please let me know and I will see if it is possible .

I hope you all enjoy your day today . Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members .

Ele 

25.12.2022 Vocal Point

I think we all lose track of days this time of year , just realised its Sunday !

So before I walk the dogs I thought I would send this weeks vocal point .

No meeting on Tuesday ,to give you time to plan your outfit for the New Year Party .

It kicks off at 7.30 pm on 3rd January , food and then quiz and raffle , a good chance to catch up with everyone ,and kick off another year of photographic enjoyment. 

If there is anything you would like us to try to cover in practical sessions , please let me know and I will see if it is possible .

I hope you all enjoy your day today . 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members .

Ele 

11.12.2022 Vocal Point

Good evening 

Did you think I had forgotten ?

With some frosty days ,it can make you appreciate the simplest of things in a different way – it makes even ugly look pretty ! Not helpful for the set subject !

Plenty of opportunities for some interesting images .

Competition- Closing of the PDI on Tuesday evening -Mono and Wildlife 

Model Night On Tuesday we don’t have an early class ,as we are setting up the model night with Elise .

Help is appreciated with setting up, during the evening and packing up .To make the evening go smoothly for us all. Thanks in advance for those mucking in.

Colin has sent out a separate email with more info about how the evening will run .

New Year Party- Please book in for the New Year Party ,forms have been mailed and are in the hall ,it should be a fun , informal evening to kick off 2023.

Raffle Tickets are on sale every Tuesday  as well . If you aren’t coming to the party you can still join in the raffle to support the club we can write your name on the ticket.

Look forward to seeing you Tuesday 

Ele 

04.12.22 Vocal Point

Good morning –

On a gloomy morning outside , I have lots for you to digest-

Tuesday 7pm is another session with Tony Gervis advising us how to get the most from our images and lose the bits we don’t need .

Tuesday 8pm brings the Knockout Competition , always a fun , light hearted evening so please do come along . Prints will be accepted on the night if brought early so the glamorous assistants have time to organise them .

Tuesday 13th December is the closing for the PDI Competition -Mono and Wildlife (please read the rules as they differ from Nature ! )

New Years Party – this is on Jan 3rd , please complete a booking form -attached , if you would like to come along and hand in on a Tuesday evening or send to Linda .

Numbers are limited ,all welcome .

We would like dessert choices and money in advance please .

Raffle Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday ,with some super prizes.

Calendars are still available ,making an ideal present for someone 

Set Subjects -There are a couple of competitions coming up in the New Year where you have to submit an image within a set subject -Nick mentioned this Tuesday ,just in case you didn’t make a note –Perspective   and    Ugly.

So start thinking of your own interpretation of these .

Sales Table  At the first practical night of the New Year we will have a sales table , perfect way to get rid of excess equipment and those unwanted photographic gifts .

Smaller bits can be popped on the table to be sold for club funds  , more valuable items please label with your name and price , and you get 85% of sale money , rest to club funds . If unsold please take them home ,we can’t store bulky/valuable  items .

Plenty to think about ,

See you Tuesday ,

Ele 

12.11.2022 Vocal Point

What a great competition night ,with an excellent judge ,offering advice,humour and positive comments .

I hope to see him back with us in the future .

This week we have Peter Young gracing our doors ,to present the Welsh Federation International Salon , which should be an entertaining evening.

With Colin Close taking the early class at 7pm ,talking about Beyond Bromsgrove – how to take your competition further afield . He inspired me a couple of years ago , and here I am now with CPAGB after my name and half way to BPE1 , so it is well worth attending and seeing what is out there . 

Photoentry is open for the print competition ,and the critique Group is always open to you for advice on your entries .

The Critique Group is a valuable resource to get feedback on your images , especially prior to competition, or at any time . You can send an image any time , so it would be great to se a few more images coming through . To join please contact David Jellie –daviddjel@gmail.com.

Anyone interested in Club T shirts please let me know , they will come in at £15 , I will put an order form out on club night and send an order in before Christmas .

See you on Tuesday .

Ele 

02.10.2022 Vocal Point

Dear All

So we have the first PDI competition under our belt .An exciting evening in many ways – congratulations to all those who got placed and to all who took part and attended to make a very full room ,with a good atmosphere.

It was great to see different names called out and some new members amongst them .

This week is Studio night and Colin has sent out details about this on a separate email . No early class due to setting up for model night .

Also a print clinic for anyone with questions regarding preparing images for printing .

The library display has come to an end , a great display of members’ work , thanks to Anne and David for their hard work in this .

Some are out mushroom hunting this weekend (see Out and About Group on Facebook) -good luck to them ! Have Fun Guys -groan …

See you Tuesday -Lights ,Cameras, Action 

Ele 

25.09.2022 Vocal Point

Morning All

We had a good start to our practical sessions this week with everyone who attended embracing my ideas about getting the most out of model night , thank you for joining in !. I got some lovely feedback , let’s hope it helps on the next model session .

I went to the Photography Show for the first time- can recommend it for next year to you .

The Library exhibition is in it’s last week now so do try to pop in .

Jenny is hosting the 7pm class on Tuesday – a critique session .She will be in touch with regard to how she is structuring it  .

Our first competition of the Year is at 8pm . It is not just about competing but is also a  valuable source of information from the judge, when you listen to the comments on all the images . Next week our judge is Dr Anne Sutcliffe 

To the Novices – I have always made notes on their comments on my images so I can go away and make the changes they suggest (or not -if I don’t agree !) .I have found this really helpful over the years .

 Whether you have entered or not it is still a very interesting evening . I look forward to seeing you there .

Ele